Accreditation, Attrition & PANCE Scores

ARC-PA Standards ‌

Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Case Western Reserve University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Case Western Reserve University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards. 


Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be June 2030. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy. 

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website-



ARC-PA Attrition Table 

  Class of 2020 Class of 2021 Class of 2022 Class of 2023
Maximum entering class size (as approved by ARC-PA) 50 50 50 50
Entering class size 35 39 36 33
Graduates 34 38 32 29
*Attrition rate 3% 3% 11% 12%
**Graduation rate 97% 97% 89% 88%


*Attrition rate calculation: Number of students who attritted from cohort divided by the entering class size. 

**Graduation rate: Number of cohort graduates divided by the entering class size. 


Entering class size - Number of students who entered cohort PLUS number of students who are reentering from a different cohort.  

Attrition - Includes students who voluntarily withdraw from the program, are dismissed for academic or professionalism reasons, take a personal or medical leave of absence, or who decelerate to another cohort for other, non-academic reason.



View the PANCE Performance Summary Report 2019-2023

Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination Performance Summary Report

Program Name: Case Western Reserve University
Program Number: 6058
Report Date: 6.5.24

Class Class Graduation Year Number of 1st Time Takers Program 1st Time Taker Pass Rate
Class of 2019 2019 34 97%
Class of 2020 2020 34 91%
Class of 2021 2021 38 95%
Class of 2022 2022 32 94%
Class of 2023 2023 28 82%

Five Year First Time Taker Average Pass Rate for Program: 92%

*Note: The PANCE testing window ends each year near mid-December. Classes that graduate in December may be required to test in the following calendar year due to their graduation dates. Similarly, individual December graduates may elect to test after the start of the new year. Accordingly, it may be appropriate for programs that graduate in December to compare their first-time taker pass rates with the national averages from the following calendar year.

National First Time Taker Pass Rate By Calendar Year

Year Pass Rate
2019 93%
2020 95%
2021 93%
2022 92%
2023 92%

Five Year National First Time Taker Average: 93%

**Note: NCCPA conducts practice analysis and standard setting studies approximately every three to five years and, based on the most recent analyses, implemented a new PANCE blueprint and passing standard effective January 1, 2019.

Definitions of Report Headings

Class Class nomenclature and the individuals included in each class are determined by PA programs when assigning students to a particular class.
Class Graduation Year  Graduation year for the majority of the individuals in the specific class based on the confirmed graduation date provided by the PA program.
Number of First Time Takers Number of individuals from the class who have taken PANCE for the first time as of the date the report was generated.
Program First Time Taker Pass Rate Percent of the first time takers in the class who passed PANCE as of the date the report was generated.
National First Time Taker Pass Rate for the Class Graduation Year National percent of first time takers who passed PANCE in the calendar year corresponding to the class graduation year. National pass rate data is not provided until the full calendar year’s data is available.